Our 2014 Red Gold is the product of exceptional care from three grape growers and our winemaker. This wine features a blend of estate Cabernet Franc, estate Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon from Roger Pires’ vineyard in Osoyoos, and Merlot from Blind Creek vineyard in the Similkameen. These three sites produce excellent fruit and the 2014 vintage was among the best in a long time.
Part of the estate Cabernet Franc was using the passimento method. The Cabernet Franc was harvested on racks that are normally used to dry hops. The racks with Cabernet Franc were then placed in a hop-drying barn where they were dried for six weeks driving the concentration of the grapes through the roof. There was an extended cold soak, followed by a long and cool ferment where special yeast was used to try to ferment from 32Brix to dryness.
Pair this wine with the most special of occasions. It is full bodied and rich and will pair beautifully with a special and decadent meal.
This wine should peak around 2020. It is drink ready upon purchase but it will benefit greatly from two years of cellaring after release, around fall 2018.
To commemorate the launch of the Red Gold, we approached William Matthews, an amazing local fine artist, to create a label for a limited edition of 48 Magnums.
William, an impressionist landscape painter with a spiritual leaning into surrealism, created a stunning hand painted oil painting, which reflects the landscape as seen from our winery and his home-studio. William individually hand-crafted 48 labels for these 1500ml magnums as one-of-a-kind pieces of art. While each label represents the same landscape view, William hand painted each label to reflect the constantly changing colours of the Fraser Canyon. William explained, “You never get tired of the view with the constant changes. It’s flowing. It’s rich.” His Red Gold art reflects this. “The clouds are a symbol of the smoothness of wine. The shapes and lines are similar in every one, but the colour and mood change in every unique piece of art,” William continued.
Each magnum is in every way a magnificent work of art designed to match the art of the winemaking involved in crafting the Red Gold. The 6” x 4” oil painting is created on canvas that can be removed from the bottle. You will be able to frame and continue to enjoy the art long after enjoying the Red Gold.
Each painting is numbered and signed by the artist. The magnum is packaged in a beautiful cedar wooden collector’s box and is priced at $399. The price for Discovery Club members is $339.15.